You may find umpteen solutions and receive over a hundred advice on how you should try and what needs to be avoided while taking steps towards taking care of yourself during the intense summer months. Also, summer months tend to get prolonged over and into the initial monsoon seasons, making this advice, on using ice teas, as a one of the most innovative and delicious ways to beat the heat.
Hence, we provide for you, solutions to beat the heat, using our ice teas made specially with premium Darjeeling teas.
The teas that you would like to use to make the ice teas is more than what is normally required.
There are two different ways to make a delicious ice tea. The first method is a lengthy process takes almost or more than 12 hours and the other one is an instant fix which will be described later.
But before we tell you about the method, we’ll keep you intrigued with the top 3 Darjeeling teas that we have with us to make that perfect ice tea.
1. Green Tea from Kanchaan View Tea Estate, Darjeeling
This tea is perfect for making ice teas using the first method. Those of you who have already purchased this tea would well know and experience that citrus like bite, you get when you normally sip this tea. Try an ice tea with this tea this time, you’ll love the taste of the Darjeeling greens, this way as well. In fact, the flavours are very much enhanced by this method.
2. Black Tea (second flush 2015) from Giddhapahar Tea Estate, Darjeeling
This Darjeeling Black tea is perfect for the second method of ice tea preparation. If you love musk like taste and a characteristic Darjeeling flavour then there cannot be any choice better that this one. Refreshing and invigorating. Tired as yet?
3. Black Tea (first flush 2015) from Castleton Tea Estate, Darjeeling
This first flush tea can be used for both the methods. It is best suggested to experiment with the first method as you tend to get more out of your tea. Floral notes with good refreshing feel. Cool.
Now about the two methods of making ice teas, that we had been talking about.
We normally make our ice teas from our Darjeeling green teas with this method. The process involves steeping tea leaves for over a period of more than 12 hours, typically steeped overnight, to enjoy the delicious flavours the other day. A timely reminder though: This process requires patience but they bear sweet fruit, and in this case it is a wonderful cup of cool elixir.
Steps to make the ice tea
- Take 300 ml of pure water at room temperature.
- Add 3 to 5 gram of green tea leaves.
- Leave it covered for over 12 hours at room temperature.
- After 12 hours, steep and refrigerate and serve with ice cubes.
- Add sugar to make the ice tea more tasty.
Steps to make ice tea
- Take 250 ml of pure water. Heat it for the desired temperature as required by the tea leaves. You may use any teas to make this type of ice tea. We would do it with black teas from Darjeeling, of the second flush variety.
- Bring the fresh water to a boil around 90 to 95 degree centigrade and add 3 to 4 gram of loose tea leaves to it.
- Steep accordingly as suggested by the the manufacturer. Normally the steeping period is between 3 minutes to 5 minutes depending on leaf size.
- Add sugar, stir and leave it to refrigerate for a few minutes.
- Add ice to provide that extra coolness. (You’ll love it)
- Adding a scoop of chocolate ice cream would provide an extra punch. (You may choose to be more creative and experimental by adding and mixing any varieties of herbs available around you)
You may use any other teas apart from the teas mentioned above as far as the tea ends up being delicious.
Do let us know which teas you have tried to make an ice tea this summer.